I have fallen off blogmas and will probably not go back.
In other news, I read so many blogs from parents of young children who seem to worry about the wrong things so I feel called to put out some parenting advice of my own.
These words are for parents with children of all ages. Always strive to be kind; modeling kindness goes a long way toward growing kind human beings. Encourage your kids to be brave. Do not force them, and remember that braveness looks different in different people. You can never know exactly what your child is thinking or feeling.
Perhaps most importantly, put nothing ahead of the relationship. When something else becomes more important, your child will know, and quickly lose respect and connection with you.